Guide to Elementary School Fundraisers
Elementary school fundraisers are a vital part of the education ecosystem. Not only does fundraising bring in much needed money for things like enrichment programs and campus improvements, but it also creates amazing memories for both volunteers and students. Take it from us - we have a lot of experience helping schools put together incredible events. Now we’re putting that experience to use in the following guide to help you put on your best elementary school fundraiser yet!
Keep reading for tips on making your next elementary school fundraiser a blast!
The importance of elementary school fundraising
One of the most obvious reasons elementary school fundraisers are so important is the dire underfunding of U.S. schools. The money that elementary school fundraisers bring in supplements school budgets in order to pay for programs and resources necessary for our children to grow academically and personally.
Just a few examples of projects achieved through elementary school fundraisers include:
- Enrichment programs in STEAM and more
- Extracurricular activities like chess and debate teams
- Supplies and equipment
- Improvements to school facilities
But the benefits of fundraising in elementary schools go far beyond the financial. By bringing together students, teachers, administration, families, and community members, elementary school fundraisers strengthen the bonds between schools and their communities. They create lasting memories for everyone involved while supporting student development both in school and beyond.
Finally, elementary school is a crucial time in students’ development. Children spend the early grades not just building core academic skills but also building self-esteem, finding their values, and learning how to relate well with others. When students themselves participate in fundraisers, they have the opportunity to practice valuable life skills while having fun along the way. That’s part of why Booster’s character program is so popular and successful.
Keep reading to learn more about what makes elementary school fundraisers unique.
What makes elementary school fundraisers special
Obviously, there are certain elements of school fundraising that hold true across all grades. Whether at an elementary school, middle school, or high school, fundraising provides much needed financial support for educational programs, technology, campus improvements, and more. While the specific uses of funds may vary, they will likely fall into one of those categories.
School fundraising also requires similar planning processes across grade levels. At any grade, it’s important to first determine your fundraising goals, including what you’re raising funds for and how much money you’ll need. We’ll cover more tips for school fundraisers later in this article.
But there are some important differences between elementary school fundraisers and middle or high school fundraisers. With younger students, PTAs/PTOs have a unique opportunity to get kids involved and possibly even integrate fundraising with academics. For example, fundraising gives students an opportunity to learn basic math skills related to money and budgeting.
Elementary school fundraisers can also be more hands-on than at higher grades, where students tend to be more independent. Events that emphasize fun, movement, and socialization can be especially valuable for elementary school kids.
Elementary school fundraiser ideas
The best elementary school fundraisers get kids involved in fun, educational ways, inviting them to be a central part of improving their school experience. Boosterthon specializes in fundraisers that are great for kids, such as:
Helping children grow into healthy, successful teens and adults involves much more than academics. Fundraisers are also a great opportunity to support students’ physical wellbeing. Fun runs aren’t just a tried-and-true way to contribute to your school budget, but they’re also a great way to get kids outside and moving, emphasizing the importance of exercise for a healthy, balanced life.
Think this is the right fundraiser for you? Learn about hosting a Fun Run with the fundraising experts at Boosterthon. We have several options available that can be tailored to your school and goals.
What’s better than running with your friends? Dancing! Though the pandemic has created obstacles for traditional dance-centered fundraisers like dance marathons, schools can still find creative ways to get kids and families grooving. Boosterthon has partnered with Just Dance to provide a unique dance fundraiser that can be hosted both in person and virtually. Learn more about hosting a Dance Fit event at your school.
These are just a couple of the many ways to raise funds for elementary schools while having fun along the way. Check out more school fundraiser ideas in our blog.
Elementary school fundraising tips
Ideas are great, but a truly successful elementary school fundraiser also requires lots of careful planning. Follow the tips below to maximize your funds while keeping donors and volunteers happy:
- Identify fundraising goals, including what funds will be used for and how much you’ll need - PTA surveys can help glean information from teachers and administration about what the school needs most.
- Choose fundraising events that fit your goals - e.g., do you want an event day targeting a specific project, or a long-term fundraiser such as a Spirit Wear store to raise general funds on an ongoing basis?
- Use a mix of fundraiser types throughout the year to maximize your funds. Creating a PTA/PTO action plan can help organize all your goals and events.
- Use parent volunteer forms to organize volunteers and delegate tasks appropriately.
- Don’t forget to promote your fundraiser, especially on social media!
For more tips on organizing fundraisers, check out Boosterthon’s ultimate fundraising guide.
Work with the experts
Elementary school fundraising is our bread and butter. We’re dedicated to making fundraising effective, efficient, and most importantly fun for everyone involved, and we have lots of experience and proven results to show for it. With Booster, you get great tools and expert guidance every step of the way, from planning to event day. Find out more about how we can help take your next fundraising event to the next level.